We’ve written before about the digital nomad lifestyle. These are young workers who’ve decided to forego the typical 9-5 environment in favor of location independent jobs. They value travel, exploration, and freedom. This uniquely millennial subculture uses internet-based tools to handle work tasks.
The last time we wrote about digital nomads, we taught you how to use automated dropshipping. Dropshipping is a form of order fulfillment in which you strike a deal with a warehouse to sell their items, then have the sales automatically routed to the warehouses to be shipped. You pay the warehouse wholesale prices and keep the profits, all hands off. It is by far the best, easiest, and most profitable way to be a digital nomad. Unlike freelancing, it doesn’t require you to constantly be on the hunt for new work. You own your business and don’t depend on fluctuating markets for your income.
If you’re using dropshipping to support yourself as a digital nomad, here are the apps you’ll need to keep your time, money, travel, and business running like a well-oiled machine.
In some ways, it’s easier to stay productive in a traditional environment than it is for digital nomads. When you work in an office, there are less distractions to come across. Productivity apps are a staple of the digital nomad toolbox for this reason. Many nomads swear by Trello for their productivity needs, an app that functions as a sort of digital project manager to organize your workflow across multiple projects. Mint is a popular app for monitoring your finances and it directly integrates with your bank. You don’t want to end up broke in a foreign country. Money changes hands quickly and automatically when you’re dropshipping. Mint will help you keep score.
Whatever marketplaces you’re using to sell your dropshipped products, you’re going to want to have their apps on your phone to check sales, communicate with customers, and monitor analytics. And yes, you should be selling on multiple channels. The more eyes you can get on your product, the better. Keeping the mobile version of your selling platforms in your pocket allows you to manage your business without cramping your travel plans. Amazon and eBay are the most obvious choices. If you’re using Shopify or Woocommerce for your own domain, grab their apps as well.
International Management Apps
The chief appeal of being a digital nomad is that you can do your job from anywhere. That means often times you’ll be in different countries or communicating with buyers who are across borders from you. That’s why it’s important that you’ve got apps readily available that will help you with the management of international business dealings. A time zone app like Klok will help you make sure you know when you’re able to get in contact with your warehouse. You’ll need a currency converter like XE Currency as well while you’re choosing how to price your products. XE Currency will provide you with live exchange rates and handle all your conversions much faster than a calculator.
Inventory Management App
The ability to manage your ecommerce inventory is difficult enough to do at a desk. It’s even harder to do when you’re traveling the world as a digital nomad. However, if you’re using ecomdash for hands-free inventory syncing across channels and automatic routing of sales orders, you can use the ecomdash mobile app (also available on Android) to make sure you aren’t running out of stock from anywhere in the world. You can even manually update quantities if you notice anything inaccurate.
As you’re globetrotting, you’re going to want some apps that assist you in making your travel plans. Try Kayak to plan and manage your flights. It syncs across multiple devices for even more convenience. A language app like Phrasebook will help you understand the local languages of the places you’re visiting. Basic communication abilities in these countries will keep your trip both fun and safe. Lastly, grab a cross-device notetaking app like Evernote or OneNote to save your ideas and automatically sync them from your mobile device to your laptop. That way if you lose a device in your travels, you won’t lose your important notes.
Are you a digital nomad dropshipper who has an app not listed here that helps you run your business? Feel free to leave us a comment below to let us know.
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